What is Jalsa?
The Jalsa Salana is an annual convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community worldwide. This convention was started by the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, with the first one being held in December 1891. These conventions are held at the international and national levels. The international convention is held near London, UK, and we will hold the USA convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in August. Highlights from the 68th Jalsa Salana of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, held July 29-31, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA can be viewed here.
These conventions focus on establishing peace in our community. Sessions are held on various topics from how to raise children given the challenges of modern society to what our role is in establishing world peace. There are speeches, exhibitions, and workshops on various contemporary issues.
Who comes to Jalsa?
All Ahmadi Muslim families are expected to attend this convention if they are able.
We invite all of our friends to attend, including our elected representatives and our interfaith network. We have also partnered with charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald Charities, and Humanity First, USA.
In past conventions, we've had terrific speakers, including U.S. Congressional leaders, professors and thought leaders including the following. Martha Kanter (U.S. Under Secretary for Education); D. Paul Monteiro (Former Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, The White House); Zainab Hawa Bangura (UN Under Secretary-General); Shaarik Zafar (U.S. Secretary of State's Special Representative to Muslim Communities); Tim Lenderking (Director, Office of Pakistan Affairs, U.S. State Department); Victoria Alvarado (Director, Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. State Department); Eric Treene (Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination, U.S. Department of Justice); Kay Bailey Hutchison (Former U.S. Senator, R-TX); André Carson (U.S. Congressman, D-IN); Frank Wolf (U.S. Congressman, R-VA); Jim McDermott (U.S. Congressman, D-WA); Sheila Jackson Lee (U.S. Congresswoman, D-TX); Jackie Speier (U.S. Congresswoman, D-CA); Michael Honda (U.S. Congressman, D-CA); Gerry Connolly (U.S. Congressman, D-VA); Charlie Dent (U.S. Congressman, R-PA);; Abbas Faiz (Office of the International Secretariat, Amnesty International); Dr. Robert George (Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom); and Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett (Vice Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom).
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